Family Events & Festivals

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 Babysitting EventsGo to top of List
 
Thursdays
WEE ONES
JMRL - Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please, as this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. No meeting on July 4. Northside Library.  9:30-10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
July 19, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: FREE UNION
Sprint Pavilion.
Opener: Dropping Julia. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
July 24, Wednesday
FRESH PERSPECTIVES III: BEETHOVEN TRANSFORMED
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
In Erin Freeman's all new series, Fresh Perspectives, you can expect to dive into music in completely new ways. On this concert, for example, you'll hear three distinctly unique string quartets by Beethoven, written during drastically different periods of his life. With each quartet, you'll have the option to purchase a glass of wine, specially paired by Veritas Vineyard & Winery owner, Andrew Hodson, to highlight Beethoven's progression from Classically-influenced composer to mature, experimental genius. Come early to chat with Andrew Hodson and Erin Freeman about these music and wine selections and then enjoy this journey through Beethoven's musical mind. Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort.  7:30-9pm.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0541. 
 
Thursdays in June & July
GROOVIN' AT THE GREENWAY
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Come to the park for a free concert every Thursday in June and July (except July 4). Constitution Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: seltzersa@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
July 26, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: RANDY JOHNSTON 3 PLUS 3
Sprint Pavilion.
Opener: Spudnik. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
July 2-30, Every other Tuesdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND PRESENTS: 97TH SEASON SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
The Paramount Theater.
The Charlottesville Municipal Band, the soundtrack of our community since 1922, is excited to return to the Downtown Mall and The Paramount Theater for three programs during their 97th Summer Concert Series. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
July 2, 4, 16 & 30
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERTS
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The program will include music from cartoons, movies and musicals, with guest artists. July 2, 16 & 30 at The Paramount Theater & July 4 at Monticello.  7:30pm July 2, 16 & 30; 9am July 4.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9850. 
 
Augus 1, Thursday
CARIBBEAN DREAMING (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Set sail on the Caribbean sea on the sound waves of steel drums with Gary Garlic as he charts a course in music and cultural awareness. Learn how drums were outlawed on many Caribbean islands prompting people to innovate and invent instruments from steel and developed an art all their own. JMRL - Scottsville Library.  10-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
August 2, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: MAMA TRIED
Sprint Pavilion.
Opener: 14 Stories Band. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
July 7-August 4
WINTERGREEN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Wintergreen Music.
Set among the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you'll hear classical, jazz, pop and Broadway, plus there will be cooking classes, seminars and concerts at neighborhood wineries, cideries and breweries. Wintergreen Resort & Neighboring Venues.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8292. 
 
August 9, Friday
MARCHFOURTH MARCHING BAND
The Jefferson Theater.
MarchFourth is a joy-inducing force of entertainment. The colorful explosion of brassy funk, rock, and jazz is all about the groove. This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats tours the country year-round, bringing a spirit of celebration wherever they go. The Jefferson Theater.  8pm, doors open at 7pm.  $15 in advance, $17 day of show.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
August 13, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The program will include music from cartoons, movies and musicals, with guest artists. Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center.  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9850. 
 
August 14, Wednesday
WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY AND ALISON KRAUSS
John Paul Jones Arena.
Charlottesville welcomes country music legend Willie Nelson. Nelson is one of the most successful country music singer-songwriters in history, releasing 68 studio albums and 10 live albums. Singer-songwriter Alison Krauss has received 27 Grammy Awards, making her the most awarded female artist in all of Grammy history John Paul Jones Arena.  7:30pm.  $Varies.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-575-8497. 
 
August 16, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: SECOND DRAW
Sprint Pavilion.
Opener: Calie Garrett. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
August 16, Friday
THIRD FRIDAY SUMMER SERIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join Kate Tamarkin, former Music Director of the Charlottesville Symphony, as she explores the childhood and musical influences that shaped Beethoven and his music. Identify his musical signature, learn what to listen for in his works, and hear a sampling of his greatest pieces. Beethovens story is one of great courage in the face of adversity, and both the man and his music continue to inspire us. Northside Library.  12-1pm.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
May 26-September 15, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
April 23, May 28, June 25 & July 23, Tuesdays
TODDLERS IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum.
Families are invited to a new program for toddlers 12-24 months and their adult companions. Led by a Museum educator, pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space. Registration is required. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
August 15, Thursday
JOB FAIR WITH VIRGINIA CAREER WORKS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Visit the library and sit down one-on-one with more than 15 representatives from a variety of local employers. Get away from the stress of online applications and talk to real people. Bringing a resume is encouraged but not required. As a bonus, arrive an hour prior to the fair to attend a helpful workshop on job interviewing techniques. Ages 16+. Northside Library.  2-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
March 9-August 23
19TH ANNUAL VSA VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT
VSA Arts of Charlottesville/Albemarle.
This annual show featuring works by dozens of area artists promotes experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. Works will be on display and for sale until August 25. Carver Recreation Center.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-953-6286. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
July 27, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL PEACH DAY FESTIVAL
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Enjoy live music from Jimmy O, hot dogs, pork bbq sandwiches, chicken tenders and more plus the peach ice cream, peach preserves and fresh peaches for sale. Kettle corn, funnel cakes and more along with craft vendors, hayrides, pony rides and swimming at the pool. Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  9am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
July 27-28, Saturday-Sunday
9TH ANNUAL OL' FASHIONED PEACH FESTIVAL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Come out for games, contests, hayrides, food, wine and hard cider. There will also be a Pie Eating Contest for special prizes with categories for ages 12 and under and adults (ages 13 and up). Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  9am-7pm Saturday; 9am-6pm Sunday.  $Free admission & parking.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
August 3, Saturday
BLACKBERRY HARVEST & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.
An all-day event that is fun for everyone. Pick your own blackberries (or let the kids) while you enjoy a glass of your favorite Hill Top wine. Wine tasting, food and live music all day. Food available for purchase. There will be vendors on site with a variety of wares for sale. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.  Directions: 2800 Berry Hill Rd., Nellysford.  9am-6pm.  $10 adults; Kids 18 and under are Free.  Email: hilltop1@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1266. 
 
Mid July-August
PICK YOUR OWN BLACKBERRIES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Pick your own thornless blackberries. Pre-picked peaches, plums and nectarines are available in August. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  See website for hours..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5516. 
 
May 19, June 23, July 28 & August 18
TRAVELING PETTING ZOO AT KESWICK VINEYARDS
Keswick Vineyards.
Little Critters Traveling Petting Zoo is back for the summer at Keswick Vineyards. Gather up your friends and littles and enjoy some great wine, beautiful views and sweet animals. Catch the Chef, Gourmeltz and Kona Ice food trucks will also be here serving up their kid-friendly fare. Keswick Vineyards.  12-3pm.  $Free.  Contact: Karen.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-3341. 
 
June-August, Mondays & Tuesdays
CULTIVATING CURIOSITY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Bring kids ages 3-8 for a storytime, craft, snack and fruit picking. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am.  $10 per child, no charge for accompanying adult.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May-August, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US
Chiles Family Orchards.
These children's sessions include story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and a small container for pick-your-own fruit and a snack. The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome. No drop offs. Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am, arrive by 10:15 to register.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
May 11-September 14, Second Saturdays
BLM BULL & RODEO
Oakland Heights Farm.
A fun family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing. Make an evening of it with live music, vendors, and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Department. Oakland Heights Farm, Gordonsville.  5:30pm gates open, 6pm music, 7:15pm bull riding.  $Adults are $15, ages 3-13 are $10, 3 and under are free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Matt Lamb.  Email: oaklandheightsfarm@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-222-1824. 
 
Mid-June through mid-September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches mid-June through mid-September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches and donut peaches. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Vary.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
Mid June-mid September
PICK YOUR OWN PEACHES AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Chiles Peach Orchard.  Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
May-September 26, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Enjoy dinner, live music, hayrides, and the best view of a sunset anywhere. It’s free admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table. Carter Mountain Orchard.  5:30-8:30pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
April-September, Fridays
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  5:30-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
Late-June-mid-October
HENLEY'S ORCHARD
Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley's grows more than 25 varieties of apples with a low-spray method. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7848. 
 
April 14-November 24, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Mid August-November
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples from mid-August to late November and look for hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and enjoy baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts-a mouth-watering local tradition-year-round. This is also a great place to bring visitors, since the panoramic view of Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains is fantastic. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
April 13-December 22, Saturday-Sunday
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  Saturday 9-11am; Sunday 10am-12pm.  $8.99 for ages 12+, $5.99 for kids 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
July 20, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL SK8 NELSON FESTIVAL
SK8 Nelson.
A celebration of skateboarding culture in Nelson County with proceeds going to SK8 Nelson maintenance and liability expenses. Festival features MinPin Memorial Skate Jam, Games of Skate and Best Trick Contest, lots of live music, and food and brews by Blue Mountain Brewery. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  4-9pm.  $%5, Ages 12 and under are free.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
 
July 17-20, Wednesday-Saturday
MADISON COUNTY FAIR
Madison County Fair.
Enjoy the carnival, home exhibits, livestock and animal shows, kids fun tent, contests and competitions, a magic show, aerialists, demolition derby and more. See website for full schedule. Madison County Fair Grounds.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: madisoncountyfairva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-7073. 
 
July 21, Sunday
POSITIVE KULTURE FESTIVAL
Unity Days .
The inaugural Positive Kulture Fest is a community festival designed to inspire respect for diversity through a day-long exhibition of good food and music. More than a dozen passionate cooks from our community are ready to showcase their passion for local and international cuisine. Musicians and DJs will be playing a mixture of Dancehall, Soca, Afro Beat and Calypso reggae. IX Park.  11am-7pm.  $Free admission | Sm. plate: $4 | Lg. plate $8.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kulture Team.  Email: positivekulturefestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 25-27, Thursday-Saturday
ALBEMARLE COUNTY FAIR AT HIGHLAND
Albemarle County Fair.
This three-day agricultural celebration is full of festive, family fun in a historic setting. Enjoy farm animals, craft exhibits, live music, games and activities, children's rides, contests and programs for the entire family. James Monroe's Highland.  4-9pm Thursday; 10am-9pm Friday & Saturday.  $$5, Children under 6 are free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
July 25-27, Thursday-Saturday
CHIHAMA AFRICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL
City of Charlottesville.
Booker T. Washington Park.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-7870. 
 
July 26-27, Friday & Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Louisa County.
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds.  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave., Louisa.  Friday 12-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm.  Email: information@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
July 27-28, Saturday-Sunday
9TH ANNUAL OL' FASHIONED PEACH FESTIVAL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Come out for games, contests, hayrides, food, wine and hard cider. There will also be a Pie Eating Contest for special prizes with categories for ages 12 and under and adults (ages 13 and up). Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  9am-7pm Saturday; 9am-6pm Sunday.  $Free admission & parking.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
July 24-28, Wednesday-Sunday
FLOYDFEST
Across-the-Way Productions.
A 5-day celebration of music and art in the Blue Ridge Mountains featuring more than 50 performers, artisans and crafters, food offerings, local and regional wines and microbrews. Floyd, Virginia.  Directions: 894 Rock Castle Gorge Rd., Floyd.  Varies.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@atwproductions.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-VA-FESTS. 
 
July 28, Saturday
SUMMER FEST
Liberty Mills Farm.
Summer Fest features "Flowers on the Farm" special you-pick flower pricing for buckets and bouquets, sampling of different varieties of cantaloupes and watermelons, a Zucchini Bake-Off Contest, Watermelon seed spitting contest, tractor powered ice cream machine, Farm Market, grilled hot dogs during the lunch hour, local vendors and more. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-882-6293. 
 
August 3, Saturday
FAMILY DAYS: ALL FUN AND COLONIAL GAMES
Poplar Forest.
Leave your favorite video games at home and explore the games colonial kids played at this family-oriented day. Join a game of trap ball, run a three-legged race or roll a colonial hoop. Try your hand at strategic games like checkers, mancala and dominos. Explore the art of watercoloring, learn how to tin-punch decorative designs and take home your original creations. Family Days activities are included with general admission to Poplar Forest. Poplar Forest.  11am-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
July 26-August 4, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Enjoy the oldest fair in the United States. Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family. See website for schedule and prices. Fredericksburg Fairgrounds.  Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Contact: C. Travis Bullock.  Email: fredfair123@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-845-6666. 
 
July 7-August 4
SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND ACADEMY
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Presented by Wintergreen Performing Arts. Professional musicians and artists join forces with aspiring student musicians and faculty. Set among the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you'lll hear classical, jazz, pop and Broadway. Plus you can enjoy cooking classes, seminars, and concerts at neighborhood wineries, cideries, breweries. Wintergreen Resort Park.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julianne Akins.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0541. 
 
August 8-11, Thursday-Sunday
10TH ANNUAL RICHMOND JAZZ FESTIVAL
Maymont.
Join thousands of music lovers and enjoy the very best in cuisine during performance after performance of world-class music. Maymont Mansion.  $85-$140.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-644-8515. 
 
August 11, Sunday
36TH ANNUAL CARYTOWN WATERMELON FESTIVAL
Carytown / Publix.
Big bands, jugglers and folk acts entertain on five outdoor stages with over 50 performances scheduled. Over 100 hundred street vendors will transform Cary Street. 3126 West Cary St., Richmond.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-304-6870. 
 
May 2 & 16, June 6 & 20, July 18, August 1 & 15, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET MUSIC SERIES
Castle Hill Cider.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the workweek and relax at Castle Hill Cider, while enjoying delicious food, live music and refreshing heritage cider on the first and third Thursdays throughout the summer. Castle Hill Cider.  5-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-7629. 
 
August 15-17, Thursday-Saturday
FLUVANNA COUNTY FAIR
Fluvanna County Parks & Recreation.
Enjoy the Fluvanna County Fair all weekend long. The whole family can enjoy live music and performances, kids zone, contests, skill-a-thons and so much more. Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra.  6pm Thursday & Friday, 10am Saturday.  $2 general admission, free for ages 2 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: jonathanpace@fluvannacounty.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-842-3150. 
 
August 12-17, Monday-Saturday
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FAIR
Rockingham County Fair Association.
Come enjoy live music, rodeo and demo derby shows, petting zoos, fair food and activities for the whole family. Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg.  $Prices vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0005. 
 
August 17 & 18, Saturday & Sunday
ANNUAL HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
The Flying Circus.
Hot Air Balloon launches/rides in the early mornings and late afternoon/evenings, open cockpit airplane rides before and after the air show and more. Bealeton.  Directions: 5114 Ritchie Rd. (Rt. 644).  6am-8pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@flyingcircusairshow.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-439-8661. 
 
May 10 & 24, June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, Fridays
FRIDAY CHEERS
Castle Hill Cider.
Kick off the weekend with cider on Castle Hill Cider's 600. Gather with family and friends, and enjoy live music and a local food truck on the second and fourth Fridays throughout the summer. Castle Hill Cider.  5-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-7629. 
 
Sundays in August
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC SERIES
Frontier Culture Museum.
The event series celebrates the influence of these musical roots genres on American frontier culture. The event provides a casual environment, and features dinner theater seating with food & beverage vendors. Lee S. Cochran Pavilion at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  5-7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-903-3613. 
 
July 19-September 1
SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.
This summer, come to one of the mid-Atlantic region's longest-running outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers. Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs.  Times vary.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@musicfest.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3396. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
July 27, Saturday
LET'S GO DIG WITH AN ARCHAEOLOGIST
Monticello.
Archaeologists in training will dig in a mock outdoor excavation, where they will learn proper field techniques, including excavation, screening and identifying artifacts. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at Woodland Pavilion, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  10am-12pm.  $10 children 5-11, Adults free (with accompanying child).  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
July 8-August 30
KIDS ARE FREE
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier is offering free admission to all children (14 and under) who visit with a paying adult. Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any Daily Tour. All visitors are asked to check in at the Visitor Center. James Madison's Montpelier.  $$22 for adults.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
April 20 & October 12, Saturdays
THE DOGS OF MONTPELIER LANDSCAPE WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Enjoy Montpelier’s trails and grounds with your canine companion, while learning about the history and folklore of dogs at Montpelier. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am.  $10.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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June 22-July 23
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at prices you won't believe. The Green Valley Book Fair is a discount book outlet store featuring over 500,000 new books at incredible bargain prices. 2192 Green Valley Lane, Mount Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
May-September, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
Albemarle County.
Local vendors bringing fresh in season vegetables and fruits, locally raised meats, eggs, fresh baked goods, roasted coffees, hot prepared foods, jewelry,soaps, tie dye crafts and clothing, and so much more. Leashed pets welcome. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  $Free Admission.  All ages welcome.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
April 6-September 28, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts every Saturday morning. 100 Water St E, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
May 4-October 19, Saturdays
MADISON FARMERS MARKET
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come to the Farmers Market to shop, eat and browse from a local and fresh selection. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  8am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
May 4-October 26, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1092. 
 
May 14-October 29, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Shop local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May-October, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. 300 Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
April 6-November 16, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy local produce, meat and eggs, baked goods, flowers, jams and hand-crafted items in historic Scottsville. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: market@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-9267. 
 
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July 24, Wednesday
PAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT: THE CHILDREN ACT
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Monthly screenings of a popular film adaptation of a book. Light refreshments are served. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-9pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
July 25, Thursday
CENTRAL FILM SERIES: THE REBOUND
JRL - Central Library / City of Charlottesville Parks & Rec.
"The Rebound" is an award-winning independent documentary (76 min) following the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team in their quest for their first NWBA National Championship. The cameras don't stop when the players leave the court: the film follows the athletes through daily life with a disability as they reach for new heights. Central Library.  7-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 27, Saturday
COFFEE AND CARTOONS
JMRL - Northside Library.
A Saturday morning matinee of Pixar shorts, with juice boxes for the kids, coffee for grownups, and snacks for all. Northside Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 28, Sunday
PARAMOUNT AT THE MOVIES: DISNEY'S MARY POPPINS
The Paramount Theater.
Julie Andrews made her Oscar-winning film debut as the "practically perfect in every way" Mary Poppins, a magical nanny who enlightens the lives of everyone she meets while caring for a stiff banker's two children in London in the early 1900s. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny turns every chore into a game and every day into a "Jolly Holiday." The 11am show is a Sensory-Friendly Screening that will aim to provide a positive viewing experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! The Paramount Theater.  11am & 2pm.  $5 youth, $7 adult.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 31, Wednesday
HARRY POTTER BIRTHDAY BASH
JMRL - Northside Library.
Witches, wizards, house elves, and muggles alike are invited to celebrate the birthday of the boy who lived. Don the finest wizardly garb, study up on N.E.W.T.s, and do not forget about the cake. No owls permitted. Required registration. Northside Library.  4-5:30pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 11-July 31, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
Enjoy a choice of two family-friendly flicks every week. Both movies play each day. Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-3213. 
 
August 1, Thursday
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for an afternoon movie (rated G or PG). JMRL will provide the popcorn, and bring a friend and some get-comfortable-pillows. Ages 6-11. Crozet Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
August 1, Thursday
THE GRATEFUL DEAD MOVIE [PG]
The Paramount Theater.
Join Dead Heads in your neighborhood, and around the world, when Trafalgar Releasing and Rhino Entertainment celebrate the 9th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies. This can't-miss event, the first to go global, features the previously unreleased complete June 17, 1991 concert from Giants Stadium. Mixed by Jeffrey Norman in glorious surround sound with video from the multi-camera live edit, this will be the first time the Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick line-up has ever appeared on the big screen. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $11 student, $13 senior, $15 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
August 4, Sunday
PARAMOUNT AT THE MOVIES: THE GOONIES
The Paramount Theater.
Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps, and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $5 youth, $7 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
August 4, Sunday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE IN HD - SMALL ISLAND
The Paramount Theater.
Andrea Levys Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Lives 10th birthday. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $11 Student, $13 Senior, $15 Adult.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
July 3-August 7, Wednesdays
2019 FREE FAMILY FILM SERIES
Violet Crown Cinema and Virginia Discovery Museum.
Grab the popcorn, sit back and relax, and keep cool this summer with a free Family Film Series. July 3: The Last Starfighter, July 10: The Dark Crystal, July 17: Labyrinth, July 24: Little Giants, July 31: Troop Beverly Hills, August 7: The Last Unicorn. After the movie, families can enjoy half-price same-day admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum when they redeem their ticket stub at the museum's check-in desk. Violet Crown Cinema.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-529-3000. 
 
August 13, Tuesday
FAMILY NIGHTS AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for family-friendly movies. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
August 6 & 13, Tuesdays
THE INCREDIBLES MOVIE SERIES
JMRL- Central Library.
Life is exciting when you're an Incredible. Relive the action of the superhero crime fighting family, who return to adventuring after spending years living "normal" lives. For all ages. August 6: "The Incredibles." August 13: "The Incredibles 2." Central Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 22, July 20 & August 17
DIVE-IN-MOVIES
Piedmont Family YMCA.
Bring a float and watch a movie in the pool. June 22: "The Little Mermaid," July 20: "Incredibles 2" and August 17: "Aquaman." Crozet YMCA.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-205-4380. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
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July 18, Saturday
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
Explore the exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville. Featuring beer from Champion Brewing, wine from Knights Gambit Vineyard, as well as Charlottesville's best food trucks. Live music by Gallatin Canyon on June 20, The Sally Rose Band on July 18 and Larkspur on August 15. This event also has a Kids Zone with Australian-themed children's activities. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  5-9pm.  $$5, Members Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-0234. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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July 18, Thursday
LET'S GO PAINT AND SKETCH
Monticello.
Flower gardener Debbie Donley provides tools and inspiration for budding artists and their favorite grownups to discover their talents amid the Monticello flower gardens. All materials are provided. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  9:30-11am.  $$12 adults; $10 ages 5-11; free under age 5.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
August 2, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  8-9:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
August 6, Tuesday
TINY TERRARIUM CREATION
JMRL - Central Library.
Build your own mini terrarium using stones, moss and soil. Get creative and tell your story. Supplies provided, but you are welcome to bring in your own accessories. Ages 11-18. Central Library.  4-6pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
August 9, Friday
WHO'S AWAKE? A FAMILY NIGHT HIKE
Maymont.
Ever wonder who stays awake while you sleep? Meet some of Maymont's nighttime residents and learn about their nocturnal adaptations through experiments, games and a hike of the grounds. Owls, skunks and many other creatures of the dark will help shed some light onto their mysterious ways. Ages 4 & older; adult must accompany children 18 & under. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  7:30-9:30pm.  $8 per person/$6 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7168. 
 
August 9-11, Friday-Sunday
4TH ANNUAL NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL
Shenandoah National Park.
Enjoy guest presentations by astronomy experts, NPS Ranger Programs and viewing the captivating night skies Shenandoah National Park protects. The festival will include constellation tours, solar scope viewing, telescope viewing, Junior Ranger programs, audio-visual presentations, hands-on activities, and more. Locations throughout Shenandoah National Park.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
May-August, Select Saturdays
TWILIGHT HIKING
Shenandoah National Park Lodging.
Hike into the "Big Meadow" at dusk through the dramatic changing colors of the mountain sky and, eventually, the incredible spread of night with its multitude of stars. At 3,500 feet, you are high above the haze and light pollution of the mid-Atlantic, making this experience truly unforgettable. All hikes are led by Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Reservations are required. Distance covered is less than 2 miles. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited and often fills quickly. Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51 on Skyline Dr.).  Directions: Meets at the grassy circle in front of the the Lodge lobby.  7pm departure, 9:30-10pm return.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
May 27-September 2
ALBEMARLE COUNTY BEACHES OPEN
Albemarle County Parks & Recreation.
On Saturday, May 25, swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend. Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session. Various beach locations.  Daylight hours.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 13-September 12, Second and Fourth Thursdays
FIDOS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA allowing leashed pets during the second and fourth Thursdays of each month's Flowers After 5. A suggested pet admission price of $2 benefits the SPCA. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 6-September 12, Thursdays
FLOWERS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on the second and fourth Thursdays of June, July, August and Thursday September 13 to allow leashed pets at "Fidos After 5." Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 26-September 15, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
April 12-October 14
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies. Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 6, June 8, August 10 & October 19, Saturdays
SEASONAL FOREST STROLLS
James Madison's Montpelier.
Winding through the Landmark and Demonstration forests, learn about the dynamic history of the forests, including use, preservation and management over the last two centuries. Discover how we care for the land today. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-12pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
April 27, June 29, August 31 & October 26, Saturdays
FOREST & FIELD: A NATURE EXPLORATION SERIES
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier's Nature Exploration Series takes visitors into different places in the landscape for a closer look at the natural world. Each of the four walks highlights a unique topic, including native plants and animals (April 27), mushrooms and other forest floor dwellers (June 29), and insects, friends and foes (August 31). The final session of the series delves into nature journaling to draw and take note of what we see, feel and hear. Each tour includes experts and Master Naturalists to enrich the tour with their topical knowledge and provide a small group experience. Each walk takes a different path with some moderate hills and is suitable for elementary grade children and up. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-12pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
May 4-October 27
RIDES ON THE GYPSY EXPRESS
Gypsy Hill Park Express.
The Gypsy Express is a short, fun ride around a scenic area of Stauntons Gypsy Hill Park. Today's riders are frequently the children and grandchildren of those who first rode the mini train more than a half-century ago. Rain cancels rides. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  1-3pm.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3800. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
First Saturday Monthly
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
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July 23, Tuesday
TAKE A GIANT LEAP
JMRL - Central Library.
Go from star gazing to flying in a plane to a rocket to the moon with Rainbow Puppets Productions. Look for a lion, a rabbit, and a bear in the sky and join in the dance as they come to life. Meet the Wright Brothers and even an astronaut headed to the moon. Central Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27
SHAKESPEARE AT THE RUINS: A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM
Four County Players.
On a midsummers night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom, Quince and their friends presenting a play within a play. Chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeares most beguiling comedy. All performances will be held at the Historic Barboursville Ruins. Four County Players.  Doors open at 5:30pm, show starts at 7pm.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
July 31, Wednesday
CARIBBEAN DREAMING (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Set sail on the Caribbean sea on the sound waves of steel drums with Gary Garlic as he charts a course in music and cultural awareness. Learn how drums were outlawed on many Caribbean islands prompting people to innovate and invent instruments from steel and developed an art all their own. Crozet Library.  10-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
August 3, Saturday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: THE ROYAL BALLET IN HD  ROMEO & JULIET
The Paramount Theater.
Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece. The Paramount Theater.  1pm.  $10.50 student, $12.50 senior, $14.50 adult.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 9, Friday
MARCHFOURTH MARCHING BAND
The Jefferson Theater.
MarchFourth is a joy-inducing force of entertainment. The colorful explosion of brassy funk, rock, and jazz is all about the groove. This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats tours the country year-round, bringing a spirit of celebration wherever they go. The Jefferson Theater.  8pm, doors open at 7pm.  $15 in advance, $17 day of show.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
July 22 & August 12, Mondays
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Abby or Lucy, registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner and handler MaryAnn. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. This event is perfect for any young reader. Crozet Library.  1-2pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 20-September 2
MONSTER JAM® THUNDER ALLEY
Kings Dominion.
Monster Jam® Thunder Alley roars into Kings Dominion this summer, allowing all ages to get up close, sit in and even ride in some of their favorite Monster Jam® trucks. Kings Dominion.  $Park admission required.  Email: info@kingsdominion.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-876-5000. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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July 21, Sunday
RED YARN FOR JEFFERSON AREA CHIP
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come at 4 pm and enjoy FSBC's pools, grounds and cafe before the 5pm show. Red Yarn, also known as Andy Furgeson, weaves folksongs and puppetry into a playful performance. Mister G is a Latin GRAMMY winner for Best Children's Album. All proceeds from the show will directly benefit the Jefferson Area Children's Health Improvement Program (CHIP). Fry's Spring Beach Club.  4-8pm.  $10/person or $35/family, free for FSBC members.  All ages welcome.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
April 23, May 28, June 25 & July 23, Tuesdays
TODDLERS IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum.
Families are invited to a new program for toddlers 12-24 months and their adult companions. Led by a Museum educator, pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space. Registration is required. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
July 25, Saturday
A WORLD OF MISUNDERSTANDINGS (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL - Northside Library.
Travel from country to country with storyteller, April Uhrin, as she transports you through a world of misunderstandings. Her upbeat, energetic stories will take you to Nepal, Africa, America, Haiti and more. Northside Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 13-July 25, Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. No class will be held on July 4. Central Library.  10:30am-11:15am, 1:30-2:15pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 26-July 27, Fourth Saturdays every other month
FAFSA SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
PVCC.
Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. PVCC Main Building, Room M154.  9am-12pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Email: finaid@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 26-27, Friday & Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Louisa County.
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds.  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave., Louisa.  Friday 12-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm.  Email: information@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
July 30, Tuesday
CARIBBEAN DREAMING (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL - Central Library.
Set sail on the Caribbean sea on the sound waves of steel drums with Gary Garlic as he charts a course in music and cultural awareness. Learn how drums were outlawed on many Caribbean islands prompting people to innovate and invent instruments from steel and developed an art all their own. Central Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 27 & July 31
ESCAPE TO THE MOON
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
The earth has become uninhabitable, and you must figure out how to launch the last rocket shuttle into space to leave the planet behind. Individuals and groups can sign up for half-hour time slots, with a maximum of 5 people per time slot. Ages 12+. Gordon Library.  1-4pm Saturday, 6:30-8:30pm Wednesday.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
July 31, Wednesday
HARRY POTTER BIRTHDAY BASH
JMRL - Northside Library.
Witches, wizards, house elves, and muggles alike are invited to celebrate the birthday of the boy who lived. Don the finest wizardly garb, study up on N.E.W.T.s, and do not forget about the cake. No owls permitted. Required registration. Northside Library.  4-5:30pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
August 1, Thursday
LEGO TO THE MOON
JMRL - Northside Library.
Blast off to the moon with rockets and space gadgets you build out of LEGOs. Create a moonscape you can take home in honor of the historic moon landing and vote for which astronaut youd like to have at the controls of your spacecraft. Northside Library.  3:30-5pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
August 3, Saturday
FAMILY DAYS: ALL FUN AND COLONIAL GAMES
Poplar Forest.
Leave your favorite video games at home and explore the games colonial kids played at this family-oriented day. Join a game of trap ball, run a three-legged race or roll a colonial hoop. Try your hand at strategic games like checkers, mancala and dominos. Explore the art of watercoloring, learn how to tin-punch decorative designs and take home your original creations. Family Days activities are included with general admission to Poplar Forest. Poplar Forest.  11am-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
July 31-August 4
2019 STATE GAMES OF AMERICA
Virginia Amateur Sports / Liberty University / The City of Lynchburg.
Virginia Amateur Sports, Liberty University, The City of Lynchburg and the Virginia Commonwealth Games will host the State Games of America. The 2019 State Games of America in Lynchburg is expected to attract 14,000 competitors. Most recently, the largest State Games of America was held in Lincoln, NE with over 15,000 total participants. Lynchburg.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 26-August 4, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Enjoy the oldest fair in the United States. Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family. See website for schedule and prices. Fredericksburg Fairgrounds.  Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Contact: C. Travis Bullock.  Email: fredfair123@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-845-6666. 
 
June 10, July 8 & August 5, Sundays
SUNDAY SUNDOWNS
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join in an afternoon of fun, with a cookout, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park Pool. Washington Park Pool.  Directions: 1001 Preston Avenue.  4-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3260. 
 
August 7, Wednesday
REPTILES ALIVE
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Learn snake secrets. Laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales. Meet and learn about reptiles from all over the world. Crozet Library.  10-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
August 8, Thursday
REPTILES ALIVE
JMRL- Northside.
Learn snake secrets. Laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales. Meet and learn about reptiles from all over the world. Northside Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
August 9, Friday
CAMP IN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Hike into the Gordon Avenue Library children's room woods after hours. Pitch a tent, make s'mores snacks and read away. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
August 11, Sunday
FAMILY SPLASH & DASH
Piedmont Family YMCA.
Join in for a family splash and dash. Ages 3-6: 25-yard swim and 1 lap. Ages 7-10: 100-yard swim and 1 lap. Ages 11+: 200-yard swim and 2 laps. Crozet YMCA.  8-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-205-4380. 
 
July 18, Saturday
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
Explore the exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville. Featuring beer from Champion Brewing, wine from Knights Gambit Vineyard, as well as Charlottesville's best food trucks. Live music by Gallatin Canyon on June 20, The Sally Rose Band on July 18 and Larkspur on August 15. This event also has a Kids Zone with Australian-themed children's activities. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  5-9pm.  $$5, Members Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-0234. 
 
May 19, June 23, July 28 & August 18
TRAVELING PETTING ZOO AT KESWICK VINEYARDS
Keswick Vineyards.
Little Critters Traveling Petting Zoo is back for the summer at Keswick Vineyards. Gather up your friends and littles and enjoy some great wine, beautiful views and sweet animals. Catch the Chef, Gourmeltz and Kona Ice food trucks will also be here serving up their kid-friendly fare. Keswick Vineyards.  12-3pm.  $Free.  Contact: Karen.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-3341. 
 
July 8, Sunday
3RD ANNUAL CVILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come at 4 pm to enjoy FSBC's pools, grounds and cafe. Enjoy a poolside concert and jam out as various artists perform a great show for the whole family. All proceeds benefit local nonprofits. Musicians include, Mister G on June 2, Red Yarn on July 21 and Uncle Devin on August 25. Fry's Spring Beach Club,Fry's Spring Beach Club.  4-8 pm.  $$10 per person or $35 for a family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
June, July & August
BOOKS AT THE BARN - HOPE'S LEGACY EQUINE RESCUE
Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue.
Books at the Barn is a new outdoor reading program for 8- to 12-year-olds plus their parents/guardians. For three Sundays in June, July or August, six children and their parents will learn about horses and donkeys, read to the animals, and have fun and safe interaction with the animals. Snacks, drinks, and two books for each participant to take home at the end of the program will be provided. 2080 Castle Rock Road, Afton.  1:30-3pm.  $0.  Contact: Rosi Beachy.  Email: development@hopeslegacy.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-989-2949. 
 
August 5, 12 19 & 26, Mondays
ENGLISH CONVERSATION CIRCLE
JMRL - Central.
Are you learning English? Join this casual drop-in group to discuss a variety of topics with other English Language Learners, staff and volunteers. Children welcome. Central Library.  11am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
May 26-September 1, Saturdays
SUMMER CELEBRATION SERIES AT BOAR'S HEAD
Boar's Head Inn.
Starting at dusk, see family-friendly movies on a giant, 12-foot inflatable screen while you relax on your most comfortable blanket or lawn chair. Beforehand, jam under the stars to your favorite band. Bring a friend and enjoy an array of food and beverage options suitable for kids and adults. Boar's Head Inn.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7105. 
 
July 20-September 2
MONSTER JAM® THUNDER ALLEY
Kings Dominion.
Monster Jam® Thunder Alley roars into Kings Dominion this summer, allowing all ages to get up close, sit in and even ride in some of their favorite Monster Jam® trucks. Kings Dominion.  $Park admission required.  Email: info@kingsdominion.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-876-5000. 
 
August 17-September 8
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
June 24-September 23, Fourth Mondays
PICNIC ON THE PATIO
Tavern on the Green.
Enjoy food, fun and games in a carnival atmosphere featuring corn hole, volley ball, a bounce house and more. Each event will feature different vendors, a winery, distillery, & brewery. Pre-order a picnic basket from the Tavern or purchase à la carte as there will be grilling outside with all your picnic favorites. Seating is available on the patio but you can bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to eat on the grass. Tavern on the Green, Zion Crossroads.  12-4pm.  $1 for over 21.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Wednesdays monthly
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new pal by reading aloud to a furry companion from Green Dogs Unleashed.Call the library to register for a 15-minute time slot. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Every Second Monday
KID LIT
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids 2 and up enjoy a STEAM-related story every second Monday, then extend learning with a corresponding hands-on art craft, science experiment, or building challenge. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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July 15-26
LEARN TO ROW PROGRAM AT BEAVER CREEK
Beaver Creek Sculling / WAHS Crew.
Interested in learning how to row? Beaver Creek Sculling, home of WAHS Crew, will hold its annual Learn to Row program, where participants can learn basic sculling technique utilizing doubles and quads with varsity rowers assisting in the boats. The program is open to youth 11 years or older, adults, beginners or returning participants. You can sign up for one or two weeks, and there are two sessions each day from 6:15-8am or 8-9:30am. Register by June 30. Beaver Creek Reservoir.  $250.  Recommended for ages 11 to 90.  Contact: Kara Ward.  Email: karanvward@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-981-0271. 
 
August 10, Saturday
BE BOLD TRAIL 5K
Corkscrew Racing and Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Mostly a grassy trail with short stints on gravel and pavement. Walker and fido-friendly and all-terrain strollers are welcome. Enjoy food and live music after. Bold Rock Cidery, Nellysford.  9am start.  $Varies.  Email: info@corkscrewracing.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 11, Sunday
FAMILY SPLASH & DASH
Piedmont Family YMCA.
Join in for a family splash and dash. Ages 3-6: 25-yard swim and 1 lap. Ages 7-10: 100-yard swim and 1 lap. Ages 11+: 200-yard swim and 2 laps. Crozet YMCA.  8-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-205-4380. 
 
August 17, Saturday
FACE THE FOREST 5K OBSTACLE COURSE RACE
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Are you up for an adventure? Challenge yourself to beat the clock as you take on a 3.1-mile obstacle race through Jefferson's Poplar Forest plantation encountering obstacles (and some mud) along the way. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  7:30am-12pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
May-August, Select Saturdays
TWILIGHT HIKING
Shenandoah National Park Lodging.
Hike into the "Big Meadow" at dusk through the dramatic changing colors of the mountain sky and, eventually, the incredible spread of night with its multitude of stars. At 3,500 feet, you are high above the haze and light pollution of the mid-Atlantic, making this experience truly unforgettable. All hikes are led by Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Reservations are required. Distance covered is less than 2 miles. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited and often fills quickly. Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51 on Skyline Dr.).  Directions: Meets at the grassy circle in front of the the Lodge lobby.  7pm departure, 9:30-10pm return.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
May 26-October, Every Sunday
POLO AT KING FAMILY VINEYARDS
King Family Vineyards.
Every Sunday, weather permitting, Roseland polo hosts a day of wine, competition and family fun. King Family Vineryards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7800. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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July 20, Saturday
MOON MISSION STATION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue.
It is the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. Join in for a Moon-y storytime at 11am. Come in any time to take part in different self-directed activities to discover more about our marvelous Moon. Gordon Avenue Library.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 19-July 25, Wednesdays & Thursdays
SUMMERTIME STORIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays intended for 2-5 year olds, but all are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Note: Due to space limitations, this storytime cannot accommodate special groups. No meeting on July 4. Northside Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 27, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD
JMRL - Central Library.
A delicious storytime designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, grandads, uncles or buddies (and, of course, moms). Central Library.  11-11:30am.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 25-August 6, Every Tuesday
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30-10:15pm Tuesdays.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
August 7, Wednesday
THE POWER OF RHYTHM AND RHYME WITH MARC BOSTON
JMRL - Central Library.
Join in celebrating the power of storytelling with local picture book author Marc Boston. Enjoy kid-created poetry, hands-on story making activities and a lively presentation from our featured author. Refreshments including cool treats will be provided. This program is offered in partnership with Virginia Humanities and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Central Library.  1-2:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 12, July 10 & August 14, Second Wednesdays
CUENTOS Y CANCIONES BILINGUAL STORYTIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Enjoy a special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both languages to help you and your little one learn some basic Spanish. Central Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Wednesdays in January
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
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July 13, 14, 17, 19 & 21
CHARLOTTESVILLE OPERA PRESENTS CAMELOT
The Paramount Theater.
Join Charlottesville Opera as they present Camelot by Lerner and Loewe live on The Paramount's stage. A story of young King Author who hopes to establish a kingdom of dignity and honor. The Paramount Theater.  2pm July 14 & 21, 7:30pm July 13, 17 & 19.  $25-75, $12 for 12 and under, $16.50 for students.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
July 11-21
PRIDE & PREJUDICE
Heritage Theatre.
Kate Hamill's wildly inventive adaptation of this beloved classic delivers Jane Austen as you have never seen her before. An ensemble of eight actors pack this timeless tale with madcap hijinks and a farcical flair infused with energy, laughs, whimsy and, of course, romance. It's a treat for every generation. Ruth Caplin Theatre.  All ages welcome.  Email: heritage@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
July 25-28 & August 1-4
ROBIN HOOD
Black Box Players.
Stop by for a summer potluck followed by Robin Hood on July 25th. The Potluck is at 5:45pm followed by Robin Hood at 7pm. Higher Voices will be performing before the show, too, so bring the entire family and come on out for a super fun night of yummy food and a family friendly show. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  7pm (all performances).  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 25-August 4
THE MOUNTAINTOP
Heritage Theatre.
Hairspray, humor and heartache. Meet the sharp, strong, witty and big-hearted cast of characters inside Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Truvy dispenses shampoos, scathing wisecracks and free advice, all delivered in equal measure and with her signature flair, to a group of dynamic, hilarious and resilient women. When tragedy enters the picture, the women offer powerful and universal lessons in sacrifice, love and the importance of building friendships and memories that can sustain us forever. Culbreth Theatre.  Email: heritage@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
July 12-August 11
POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL
Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Polkadots follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot, the first Polkadot to attend the school in the "Squares Only" small town of Rockaway. However, Lily, along with her new friend Sky, a shy Square boy who appreciates her for her unique polkadot skin, prove that our individual differences do not make us weird or wrong, they make us awesome. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock Nine, Polkadots is a fun, colorful and meaningful history lesson for children. The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn, Richmond.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-282-2620. 
 
August 17, Saturday
PARAMOUNT AT THE MOVIES PRESENTS: JAWS (PG)
The Paramount Theater.
Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the towns chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss), and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $7 adults, $5 12 & under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
June 25-November 30
JULIUS CEASER
American Shakespeare Center.
A cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of political assassination. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 South Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
Monday-Friday and Satuday
PLAYHOUSE TOUR
American Shakespeare Center.
See the Blackfriars playhouse from the Inside Out. Tour participants will, learn about the historical predecessor, discover the inner workings of our 21st-century professional company, and explore the re-creation of Shakespeares indoor theatre. Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinees. Blackfriars Playhouse.  Monday-Friday at 2pm and Satuday at 11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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